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Snyder House/Mill

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1812. 2012 PA 36 at PA 869, 1 mile northwest of Loysburg

The Guidebook to Historic Places in Western Pennsylvania of 1938 conjectures that at the core of this house is a 1795 gristmill. The supposition is based on the serial linear arrangement of the doors on the south elevation and an arch on the east elevation that appears to have accommodated a millrace. If the three stories banked down the hillside are mill construction, then a full two-and-one-half-story, five-by-three-bay house rises above them, making this a five-story stone structure on the south elevation. Wide interior end chimneys distinguish the building. The stonework, which has a mottled appearance as it varies between light and dark stone, is smaller and more regular in its coursing in the gable end, unlike the stonework below. The combined house and mill was so large, it was called “Snyder's Folly.”

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.



Lu Donnelly et al., "Snyder House/Mill", [, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 384-384.

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